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Q: Openning a US Bank Account From Overseas ($20 + tip) ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Openning a US Bank Account From Overseas ($20 + tip)
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: brisbaneguy-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 23 Apr 2006 20:48 PDT
Expires: 26 Apr 2006 22:05 PDT
Question ID: 722141
I need to open a US Checking Account from Brisbane, Australia. The
acccount needs to be up and running in no more than 2 weeks from
today. I am aware that this can be done with HSBC International
Banking, but the timeframe is around 5 weeks which is unacceptable.

Will pay $20 + tip for useful step-by-step instructions on how to do this ASAP!

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 23 Apr 2006 22:04 PDT
Have you heard of NetBank? I have an account with them. It was active
within 24 hours, and they mailed me their packet within 3-4 days. I
then mailed them my opening deposit. If you started today, you could
get it set up, accepted by NetBank, and funded in less than two weeks,
even from Australia.


From their FAQ page:

How do I become a customer?
..."Click the Apply Now button. Then, simply complete our easy online
application and submit it electronically. For all bank accounts
(checking, money market, IRAs, and CDs), once you've submitted your
application, you'll get a confirmation email that includes a link to
our Account Status Sign-In page. From there, you can check the status
of your application whenever you please. Within 24 hours, you should
receive a second email from us letting you know if your account has
been opened. Once your account has been opened, you can log back into
the Account Status page, where you'll also find your User ID and
temporary password allowing you to log into your account. Within
several days, you will receive a New Customer Welcome Kit in the mail
containing a Direct Deposit form, deposit slips and postage-paid
envelopes for any mail-in deposits you may have. A signature card is
mailed separately, which we ask you to return to us promptly. Your
checks and ATM or Visa(R) Check Card, if requested, will be mailed to
you once we receive your deposit..."

Let me know if this works for you.


Clarification of Question by brisbaneguy-ga on 23 Apr 2006 23:27 PDT
Hi Cynthia,

Thank you for your answer.

Unfortunately this is not what I'm looking for. I need to open an
account with a reputable US bank (Citibank, Bank of America, Wells
Fargo etc.) and the account needs to be based at an actual, physical
branch. That branch would preferably be in Atlanta, GA.

What I'm hoping is that there's at least one big bank that offers some
sort of express service for opening an account from overseas.

If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks again.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 24 Apr 2006 02:29 PDT
FAQ: US bank Account for non-US residents
These folks got a review here:

US Bank accounts for non-residents

Bank Account in the US


Clarification of Question by brisbaneguy-ga on 24 Apr 2006 03:20 PDT
Thanks Cynthia.

These organizations seem rather suspect. For example the "Delaware
Incorporation" company has more Google ads on the page than
information. I don't know if I'd trust my life savings with such an
organization as I'm sure you can appreciate.

Again, I'm looking for an account with a reputable bank. My question
is, how can I quicky set up an account with one of these banks from
overseas? Surely there must be some service offered by one of the big
banks for people in my situation.

myoarin: It appears the ANZ bank in NYC is mostly for investment banking purposes.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 24 Apr 2006 03:30 PDT
I agree 100%. I think your best bet would be to go to the yellow pages
and start calling banks in Atlanta.

Banks in Atlanta, GA

Ask for New Accounts. 

I'm busy tomorrow, can't do it. Maybe someone else can pick this up.

Clarification of Question by brisbaneguy-ga on 24 Apr 2006 21:05 PDT

You may be right in that calling around might yield some better
results. It's difficult for me to do this though because of the time
difference (not to mention cost of calling international and sitting
on hold).

If anyone has any luck and can provide me with a direct phone number
of a branch at a reputable bank in Atlanta that is willing to open an
account from overseas in under 2 weeks, let me know. I can fax through
my passport, ID etc. no problems.

If somebody can help me figure this out I'd be more than happy to tip
the above amount up (I just started at $20 because wasn't sure what
this would involve). Again though, I'm looking for a real bank and a
reliable one (Bank of America, Chase, Fidelity, does Georgia have some
big state banks??? etc.)

Thanks for your assitance guys!
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Openning a US Bank Account From Overseas ($20 + tip)
From: myoarin-ga on 24 Apr 2006 02:18 PDT
Have you talked to Australian banks with a US branch?

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